|Look who St. Nicholas dropped into our Christmas scene...|
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Wishing anyone who reads my little blog a happy and safe holiday.
With love, from the Witek's
|Early step in an icon I wrote under expert tutelage, Spring 2010|
|Gold leaf added (though we didn't use clay as shown in video)|
|Finished Icon of the Mother of God "Sweet Kissing"|
|Sample page of my "evidence"|
...or the inner workings of the mind of a
madwoman? (Click to embiggen)
|The Major Points™ I am capable of making|
using said evidence
|What the heck do I want to say???|
Among the wide variety of contingent faculty responsible for producing scholarship, the tenure-track faculty librarian is faced with the dual task of conducting research in order to maintain a personal scholarly agenda while also providing research support to others. This situation offers both challenges and opportunities inherent to the unique role of the faculty librarian as both researcher and instructor. The challenges most often come from lack of time and resources, and yet the opportunities offered by the collaborative nature of the the faculty librarian's work can in fact help define and advance a worthwhile and marketable (read: publishable) scholarly agenda. This essay will offer as an example one tenure-track faculty librarian's experience in developing a scholarly agenda focused on information literacy and social media in collaboration with another tenure-track faculty member in the English department at her institution. It will tell the story of how each of these faculty members learned of the other's research interests, recognized that they were were complementary, and developed a course together where these topics were explored pedagogically to create a meaningful classroom experience for students and instructors alike. Because they planned to use the classroom as their lab and the students as voluntary subjects, this research required that they navigate the IRB process. This process had its own unique challenges since the research involved students, technology and pedagogy, a combination of factors which lead to privacy concerns on the part of the IRB. How these concerns were worked through successfully such that the research could proceed will be discussed. Furthermore, the librarian in the team found that their work appealed to other academic librarians in her field since it represented a successful collaboration between a librarian and an instructor from another department: a dynamic that is highly sought after by academic librarians on other campuses. Because collaboration was both the means and the goal of this librarian's scholarship, it made for a successful research experience leading to peer-reviewed conference presentations and journal articles in both researchers' fields. Concrete advice based on these experiences for how to successfully collaborate with colleagues in order to identify and advance a worthwhile research agenda will be offered.
***For the central work of my thesis I want to read/analyze the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (both text and, where applicable, praxis) for the ways in which ratio-intellectus play a role in how the liturgy is experienced by those present. For now, I am using these words (ratio-intellectus) for these complementary concepts, though they align with the work-rest dichotomy as well as the time-eternity one--something I will develop in my study. I envision three main "parts" to the thesis: 1) a development of the conceptual framework of ratio-intellectus based on the work of many thinkers (I'd like to draw on the Fathers, classical philosophers of antiquity, and more modern thinkers like Pieper, Schmemann and Louth; the paper I'm writing this semester would likely be incorporated into that third sub-section of the thesis); 2) the analysis/study of the liturgy (this is my "original contribution" within the thesis, though I plan to begin this section with an introduction where I summarize the ways in which the liturgy has been examined in the past--a "lit review" of sorts on what others have done with the liturgy, in order to put my work in context); and, 3) implications for mission and living a Christian life "during the rest of the week" based on whatever I find in the previous two sections.
|Bookie thinks I can...|
|Snuggly Girl :)|
|Watching Man of La Mancha with her Dad|
"This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless,
no matter how far..."
|I took this one as a visual reminder of how well-loved and cared for she will be|
with her daddy while I'm at work.
|Just a few minutes old... |
"Man that was some ordeal!
Thank God I have Daddy's hand here to
comfort me. Thanks, Dad, for helping Mom
so well tonight. You're the best." :)
|Around one day old...thinking very hard|
about all we just went through.
"Hmmmmmmmm...that was intense."
|"Mom, can you believe we made it through that crazy|
experience? We make a great team, don't we Mom?"
As I considered the dress, my thoughts invariably turned toward my neck. Why? Because I try and wear a Jewish star around my neck anytime I’m in public, or private for that matter. I like publicly identifying as a Jewish person by adorning my neck with the Star of David. It’s kind of my thing. With all due respect to stylist Ali, she doesn’t always feel my Jewish star necklace “goes” with every outfit and I had a feeling the Emmys would be one of those nights that she would say my Jewish star doesn’t “go” with the outfit.In the end, Mayim and her stylist agreed upon a different Jewish symbol for Mayim to wear around her neck on Emmy night: a mezuzah. So, ok, interesting, but you're probably wondering what this has to do with me.
|Monday, July 23, 2012...1st Due Date|
|Wednesday, July 25, 2012...2nd Due Date|
and Feast of St. Anna
(this pic of silliness was me trying not to
be stressed about going past due...)
|Still July 25th...Queen Anne's Lace :) |
(significance will be revealed shortly)
|Saturday, July 28, 2012...began a challenging (for me)|
crocheting project, waiting to go into labor...which finally
happened later that night, and went through the next day
(Sunday the 29th)...
|Wasn't sure if I'd include a shot of her face |
on the blog, but...I couldn't resist. Just one :) (for now lol)
What a beauty, if I may say so myself...
|Crib with freshly laundered bedding :)|
Safety bumper still needs to be installed though
|Diaper changing station (with storage boxes filled with |
clean onesies and other essentials) and bookshelf
(sans books--they're coming though!
Still need to transfer my children's book collection
from the master bedroom where it currently lives)
|Glider, nursing pillow, handy coffee table: aka, "Mama's Corner" :)|
|Fold out couch, A/C unit (VERY exciting, that), |
and yes, those are partially packed bags for the hospital,
for me and baby :)
|Dresser, atop which are various wall hangings that need to be hung,|
which is filled with freshly laundered little girl's clothes (so adorable!)
|And this is Rosebud's cradle, located in our room, |
which is where she will be sleeping when she first comes
home from the hospital
|And one more for good measure: here's me at 37 weeks,|
next to an icon of my patron saint, the Theotokos,
which I wrote/painted (under the guidance of a
master iconographer) a few years ago :)
By her prayers I hope to have a safe, healthy delivery!